"Merry Christmas from Jerusalem, the capital of Israel!" Netanyahu tweets

25 December, 2017, 19:30 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Palestinians call Guatemala's Jerusalem embassy move 'shameful'

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, though the Czech Republic has said it is considering such a move.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) meets with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales (L) in Jerusalem on November 29, 2016.

Guatemala is to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, following US President Donald Trump's controversial decision on the holy city.

US President Donald Trump's decision on December 6 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital broke with global consensus and unleashed protests across the Muslim world, prompting a flurry of appeals to the United Nations.

"Long live the friendship between Guatemala and Israel", he added in Spanish.

"I'm very proud to be the prime minister of Israel, a country that says: "Merry Christmas" - first to its Christian citizens and to our Christian friends around the world", he said.

Speaking about Trump's decision to make Israel the capital of Palestine, Salman said that the municipality held a press conference the day before, with church clerics, to assure rejection of the decision.

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"It's a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem" and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the United States move, the ministry said in a statement.

"We talked about the excellent relations we have had since Guatemala supported the creation of the State of Israel".

Guatemala's announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of United Nations member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump's controversial decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

A Christmas video on Twitter showed Netanyahu against the backdrop of East Jerusalem, an area laden with Jewish, Christian and Muslim shrines that Israel captured in a 1967 war and which Palestinians want as their own future capital.

The resolution passed by the General Assembly declared the US action on Jerusalem "null and void".

Thirty-five nations, including Australia, abstained and 21 stayed away from the vote.

Guatemala and Israel were joined by Honduras, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau and Togo in voting with the United States and opposing the measure.

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